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Southern Tier Hoppe

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RATINGS: 697   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We craft this much like a sculptor who uses only a hammer and chisel to shape stone into a masterpiece. Hoppe is spawned of these few essentials: barley, wheat, hops, yeast and water. This limited palette is an exercise in minimalism, with refined elements which are deliberately selected. This simple combination creates a golden shimmering brew infused with delicate aromas. The artful nature of this beer is exposed with the first taste. As the malt and hops created a composition of flavors, and elegant finish leaves an impression that your tastes will not soon forget. Don’t be deceived by th innocence of Hoppe. Please enjoy in moderation.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cfrancis (2250) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours a slightly cloudy light golden yellow with a thin frothy white top. Aroma is a pleasant pine hops and sweet malts. Taste is a great balance of sweet malt backbone and piney, slightly resinous hops. Nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 22, 2011
22 oz bottle. Hazy amber/orange with a small off white head. Aroma of caramel, fresh sweet citrus, bread dough and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt mixed with a firm hop bitterness that keeps the beer somewhat balanced, light alcohol warmth. Medium body with mild carbonation and a sticky mouth feel. Nice beer, lots of sweet malt and fresh hops, seems like an IIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3281) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2011
22 oz bottle. Misty olive yellow with a big bubbled white head. Nose is butterscotch pudding and faint spruce. Creamy medium body with an oily buzz. Taste is orange marmalade and melon; dry and pithy, then pine.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jethro6191 (421) - Indiana, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Pours gold with a thin bubbly head. Dank musty aroma and flavor. Citrus and grassy notes with a bitter finish. Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BK7 (720) - Turner, Oregon, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Bomber. A big beer with a nice balance of sweet, bitter and citrus. A bit of stickyness to it. A strong bite on the finish that has some alcohol burn to it. A good brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SPDickerman (913) - Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours golden with a fluffy white head. Smells bready and yeasty with some hop notes, floral. Tastes very bready and yeasty with what could be described as hop bitterness on the back end. Full-bodied with an oily texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Southern Tier Hoppe finishes like a loaf of white bread.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4351) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2011
22 ounce bottle - $7.99 at Uncle Jack’s Spirits in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazed, orange-yellow body with a inch-plus head of white foam. Decent coating of sticky lace on the way down.

Smell: A simple, soft maltiness in the nose hinting at sliced white bread and biscuits with a small, small hint of caramelized sugars. Floral, zesty, citrusy, grassy hops; goodly aromatic, I must say and quite inviting.

Taste: Sugar encrusted, lightly bready, biscuity malts with a little tickle of wheat-like tanginess. Sweetness is eventually kicked aside as the resinous, grassy, fruity hops roll in. Tangerine and grapefruit citrus elements with an approved juiciness to it. Medium-high bitterness. The prodigal sweetness returns. Drying, bitterish finish with some lingering fruit juice flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice brew (a pleasant surprise, as I wasn’t really expecting much from it). It’s got a good blend of sweetness, bitterness, fruitiness, and while bigger, yes, I don’t ever find it to be maddeningly heavy and clumsy or grotesquely bitter.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
A - Pours a clear golden-orange color with a frothy finger of slightly off-white head that lingers around for quite some time. The head eventually fades leaving behind some nice lacing. S - Aroma is a mix of strong sweetness from some caramel malts and the residual sugars, some potent hops, and a bit of breadiness and booze in the background. T - Starts off with some big rich sweetness from the residual sugars and the rich caramel malt. Right behind is some citrus/piney hops and a touch of bitterness. Through the middle, the bitterness grows quite a bit and the harshness of the sweetness fades. There is a bit of bready flavor and a touch of booze that come through as well. The finish is a mix of hops, rich sweetness, and some booze that linger. M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and quite syrupy, but still feels crisp and not too heavy. D - Very drinkable. Through the booze and residual sugars do come through, this is still a very drinkable beer. The hops and the richness of the sugars are pretty well balanced and do seem to work well together in this case.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mixmasterob (881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Super bright golden pour with a thick white head. Lots of lace on the glass. Aroma was a balanced mix of candy sweetness and citrus hops. Flavors were just the same. Fruity, decent bitterness throughout and a sweet malty finish. Actually quite smooth and drinkable. Mouthfeel was about medium, carbonation relaxed. A good hoppy ale with a sweetness that you come to expect from Southern Tier. Nice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bottle. Fluffy white head on a clearer light yellow marigold. Grapefruit rind, citrus, and earthy hoppiness. Not as assertive in the flavor with some slight candy and sweetness, but a grassy and slight citrus finish. Medium and a little slick.


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